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Falling apart?

The Whitlam Government's purchase of the iconic painting Blue Poles by Jackson Pollock for $1.34 million had caused heated discussion on many sides. At this stage in 1974 many contentious issues were the cause of sacking and resignations and near disintegration of the cabinet of the incumbent Labor Party Government.

Left to Right: Billy Snedden - Federal Opposition Leader. Left to Right OFF CANVAS: Frank Crean, Charles Jones, Tom Uren, Clyde Cameron, Lance Barnard. Left to Right ON CANVAS: Lionel Murphy, Gough Whitlam, Jim Cairns.